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I think we have a semantics issue here. I'm no expert. I'm getting most of my info from experts in this thread. I think the issue is the difference in the terms "completed" and "finalized".
From what I can gather from the conversation, the deal is COMPLETED when the league recognizes it as a legitimate transaction. It is FINALIZED when the player takes his physical. The ONLY way the deal can be unraveled from the Pats side, is if Seymour FAILS the physical. Barring THAT specific caveat, the deal is COMPLETED and any action mandating Seymour to report has to come from Oakland.
Very well put. Seymour is now a Raider. If he was still property of the Pats then Oakland could do whatever they wanted with the 2011 pick like trading it for Peppers. The league approval of the trade is the hitch pin.
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For all we know the Patriots got Oakland to waive the physical and reporting requirements in anticipation of some sort of holdout. Bill's cryptic "we traded the rights" statement could be indicative of that.
Yeah, but if you play the recording backwards, it sounds like "Al......is..... dead".
"They (Patriots) may be the greatest team ever" - Chris Mortenson, January 18, 2005 on espn.com